For frequently asked questions related to the Line Fences Act, please follow the link below.
How Does the Act Work?
Township Council appoints a minimum of three (3) fence viewers by by-law to settle disputes where a property owner desires a new fence on the boundary line or when a property owner wishes to repair an existing fence. The Fence Viewers will examine the premises and, if required, by either adjoining owner, will hear evidence and may examine the owners and the witnesses under oath. A decision will then be made as to the style, location and cost sharing between the neighbours.
The applicant must first approach the abutting neighbours in the form of a letter, keeping a copy for your own file, indicating that they wish to construct a fence on the boundary line and ask for a response by a specific date. It is strongly suggested you also attach a copy of this brochure to the letter so that they may make an informed decision.
If the response is negative, then the application may be made at the Township of Tiny Office. Once the application has been received, a notice will be sent to all parties indicating a date and time for the Fence Viewers to arbitrate. The Fence Viewers will then attend the property and arbitrate. An award will be made and a copy forwarded to each property owner involved. The remainder of the process is specified within the Fence Viewer’s Award. If an owner is dissatisfied with the Fence Viewer’s Award, an appeal may be made within fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt of the award.
For further information, please call the Township of Tiny Clerk's Department at 705-526-4204.